Monday, 11 January 2021
Reading terror victim's family demands to know why murderer was in UK after asylum had been rejected

From the Telegraph

The family of one of the men murdered in the Reading terror attack has demanded to know why the failed Libyan asylum seeker was even in the country at the time of the outrage.

...Mr Furlong’s family said there were serious questions around why the former child soldier from Tripoli was free to carry out his murderous attack in Britain.

Saadallah, who was a member of a banned terrorist group in Libya, first came to the UK seeking asylum in 2012 but was turned down by the Home Office.

Despite racking up a string of criminal convictions for violence he remained in the country for the next eight years and just days after being released from prison last June, bought a knife and went on his murderous rampage.

It has also emerged that while he was serving a prison sentence in 2013 he fell under the spell of the radical preacher, Omar Brooks, who is suspected of further radicalising him.

Nick Harborne, chief executive of the Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG), who had dealt with Saadallah since 2016, also claims to have warned the authorities four times that he could commit a violent crime if he did not receive appropriate support. I'm not sure what form 'appropriate support' would take; a large ball and chain round his neck and an alarm that screeched 'beware the  jihadist' when he left the house might have worked. 

Mr Furlong’s father, Gary, said: “On the facts of this case, there are now serious questions that need answering, most notably, how the killer was ever in a position to commit these horrific acts.

"Seeking asylum here in 2012 he has obtained a litany of criminal convictions, including assaults on the public, police, and emergency services, along with carrying a bladed weapon. Whilst in prison it was decided by the Secretary of State on June, 4 2020, just two weeks prior to the attack, that his deportation was in the public interest but for legal reasons it could not happen.”

"I've got to be really realistic and you look at this person and you've got to say how was he ever allowed to stay in this country? How was he allowed into this country in the first place? . . The Secretary of State needs to tell us why this guy wasn't put into some sort of detention centre before they could deport him. He wasn't safe to put back on the streets."

Unlike Doreen Lawrence Mr Furlong won't have the might of the race relations industry to bankroll him but it would be good if somebody could make the government look long and hard at these security shortcomings.   

Mr Justice Sweeney said he was in no doubt Saadallah had lied about his role with Ansar Al Sharia and had held extremist Islamic views.

After his asylum application was rejected Saadallah appealed the decision but was again turned down.

However, he was not deported and in 2013 he absconded and was only tracked down months later.

He initially agreed to leave the UK voluntarily but later changed his mind and despite amassing seven convictions for 19 offences remained in the UK.

In 2018 he was granted temporary leave to remain until 2023, but last June, just days before the attack and as he was about to be released from prison, was informed that the Home Office had concluded his deportation was in the public interest. Despite this, officials accepted this could not happen immediately because of a “legal barrier,” thought to be the unstable political situation in Libya.

There are also questions around Saadallah’s time within prison after it emerged that he had been able to become close to a notorious hate preacher and former member of banned terror group Al Muhajiroun.

Despite an acknowledgment by the authorities that Saadallah was “impressionable and volatile,” he was allowed to spend time with Omar Brooks, praying with him and visiting the gym while they were both being held at HMP Bullingdon.

Eilish O’Gara, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and former Prison Service counter-terrorism adviser, said: “Given, the tragic events in Reading, the Prison Service must urgently explain why dangerous radicalising offenders like Omar Brooks, continue to be placed with vulnerable prisoners, despite facilities existing to isolate them.”

Posted on 01/11/2021 5:05 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
No comments yet.

Pre-order on Amazon or Amazon UK today!

Order at Amazon or Amazon!
Audible read by Ann Osmond

Order at Amazon or Amazon UK

Amazon donates to World Encounter Institute Inc when you shop at #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile



Adam Selene (2) A.J. Caschetta (7) Ahnaf Kalam (2) Alexander Murinson (1) Andrew Harrod (4) Anne-Christine Hoff (1) Bat Ye'or (6) Bill Corden (4) Bradley Betters (1) Brex I Teer (9) Brian of London (32) Carol Sebastian (1) Christina McIntosh (865) Christopher DeGroot (2) Conrad Black (643) Daniel Mallock (5) David J. Baldovin (1) David P. Gontar (7) David Solway (78) David Wemyss (1) Dexter Van Zile (74) Dr. Michael Welner (3) E. B Samuel (1) Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (1) Emmet Scott (1) Eric Rozenman (9) Esmerelda Weatherwax (9869) Fergus Downie (23) Fred Leder (1) Friedrich Hansen (7) G. Murphy Donovan (74) G. Tod Slone (1) Gary Fouse (167) Geert Wilders (13) Geoffrey Botkin (1) Geoffrey Clarfield (331) George Rojas (1) Hannah Rubenstein (3) Hesham Shehab and Anne-Christine Hoff (1) Hossein Khorram (2) Howard Rotberg (22) Hugh Fitzgerald (21270) Ibn Warraq (10) Ilana Freedman (2) James Como (24) James Robbins (1) James Stevens Curl (2) Janet Charlesworth (1) Janice Fiamengo (1) jeffrey burghauser (1) Jenna Wright (1) Jerry Gordon (2517) Jerry Gordon and Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah (3) Jesse Sandoval (1) John Constantine (122) John Hajjar (6) John M. Joyce (392) John Rossomando (1) Jonathan Ferguson (1) Jonathan Hausman (4) Jordan Cope (1) Joseph S. Spoerl (10) Kenneth Francis (2) Kenneth Hanson (1) Kenneth Lasson (1) Kenneth Timmerman (29) Lorna Salzman (9) Louis Rene Beres (37) Manda Zand Ervin (2) Marc Epstein (9) Mark Anthony Signorelli (11) Mark Durie (7) Mark Zaslav (1) Mary Jackson (5065) Matthew Hausman (46) Matthew Stewart (1) Michael Curtis (699) Michael Rechtenwald (33) Mordechai Nisan (2) Moshe Dann (1) NER (2590) New English Review Press (115) Nidra Poller (73) Nikos A. Salingaros (1) Nonie Darwish (10) Norman Berdichevsky (86) Paul Oakley (1) Paul Weston (5) Paula Boddington (1) Peter McGregor (1) Peter McLoughlin (1) Philip Blake (1) Phyllis Chesler (153) Rebecca Bynum (7218) Reg Green (2) Richard Butrick (24) Richard Kostelanetz (16) Richard L. Benkin (21) Richard L. Cravatts (7) Richard L. Rubenstein (44) Robert Harris (85) Sally Ross (36) Sam Bluefarb (1) Samuel Chamberlain (1) Sha’i ben-Tekoa (1) Springtime for Snowflakes (4) Stacey McKenna (1) Stephen Schecter (1) Steve Hecht (31) Ted Belman (8) The Law (90) Theodore Dalrymple (908) Thomas J. Scheff (6) Thomas Ország-Land (3) Tom Harb (4) Tyler Curtis (1) Walid Phares (32) Winfield Myers (1) z - all below inactive (7) z - Ares Demertzis (2) z - Andrew Bostom (74) z - Andy McCarthy (536) z - Artemis Gordon Glidden (881) z - DL Adams (21) z - John Derbyshire (1013) z - Marisol Seibold (26) z - Mark Butterworth (49) z- Robert Bove (1189) zz - Ali Sina (2)
Site Archive